How to Stay Motivated with Your Fitness Routine by Corey Brooks

Staying motivated is one of the tougher parts of a fitness routine. Sure, working out and running are difficult, but the real work comes in when motivating yourself. I’ve been running since I was 5 years old and looking forward to joining LG’s Get Started Virtual 5K. I may be considered an expert, but like you, I’m always looking for challenges to up my running game and fitness routine. Joining this challenge with some friends is the perfect motivation.

 

To help you get started with your running game, I’m sharing my four tips on how to stay motivated with your fitness routine.

 

Plan and Get Up Early 

Planning and sticking to a schedule is critical in order to stay motivated. I find that when I give myself plenty of time to work on what is most important to me, I end up setting the best, most positive habits. I get up early around 5am so I can avoid any distractions or being rushed. Working out in the morning makes my day more enjoyable and easy to be consistently motivated. Find a time that works consistently for you.

Surround Yourself with a Team 

Positivity is contagious. I always say that you are the average of those you surround yourself with. Surrounding myself with motivated people is one of the keys to my motivation. My friends and family are who I lean on for that extra boost of motivation — my dad in particular is one of my biggest drivers. 

 

We share our Strava running data so I see his running pace, finish times and speed. When they are faster and further than mine, it lights a fire under me! (Can’t let the old man beat me!) 

 

My two roommates and I also participate in some friendly competition. Now, I can’t be the roommate that’s not pulling weight in the house! 

 

Keeping positive people around me and in my inner circle just motivates me even more. 

 

Finding Mindfulness 

Having positive thoughts and focusing on my inner self is just as important as my outer self. I don’t want to settle for anything less and I’m not in this life to just be average. I made this decision years ago, so anytime I’m feeling down and out, I remind myself of my goal. I visualize what I want to accomplish, count to three, breathe and focus. I remind myself that each day is a blessing and is what you make of it. 

 

Challenge Yourself 

Surrounding yourself with positive people is key in staying motivated, but challenging yourself also helps. I wake up each and every day looking for ways to be better than I was the day before. It’s so important to me to constantly be growing, learning and enjoying my days on this earth. 

 

Working out and exercising shouldn’t be a chore. It should be something you look forward to in your weekly routine. Staying motivated is tough, but the benefits of keeping yourself healthy far outweigh anything else. 

 

Good luck on your fitness journey. See you on Strava

 

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